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Old 03-09-2005, 08:40 AM
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Re: Jem555 vs. Jem7VWH - Which is better?


lol,,, the VW is dependable and won't cost as much to repair....

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Old 03-14-2005, 03:42 PM
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Re: Jem555 vs. Jem7VWH - Which is better?


This summer I hope to get work for 5 days a week, 8 hours a day and for 12 weeks. Why? because I want a Jem, and not just any Jem. I want the 2005 Jem7vwh. That guitar costs 2500 over here and the mods I will make will cost between 300-500 depending on if I can get a sustainer system. I could just go for the 555 for 1000 less and make the same mods but I don't see the point when I would eventually upgrade to a 7vwh. That's what it is, an upgrade, you get what you pay for and I don't mind paying for quality. I'm sixteen and I am not rich. I will work very hard for this guitar because I know it is worth it. Remember though that the 555 is a good guitar too. It's just nowhere as good as the 7vwh. Now how do I go about earning that 3000...
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Old 05-03-2005, 11:56 AM
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Re: Jem555 vs. Jem7VWH - Which is better?


i have a jem 555, and i gotta say reading this post has got me mighty interested in the 7vwh, i love my 555 its perfect for me, but im interested big time in the 7vwh, 555 is the best guitar ive ever played, saying that i use epiphones too so my opinion of the 555 is bound to be a high one lol
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Old 05-03-2005, 11:59 AM
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Re: Jem555 vs. Jem7VWH - Which is better?


ps omg someone from Galway!!! lol Wicklow myself, man if you dont wanna kill urself working i recommend the 555bk, its sweet really sweet i had to find a woman who would let me sleep with it before i could commit to a relationship!!!!! its a great guitar but yet again its probably the only decent guitar ive ever played, i aint willing to pay more than 1500 for a guitar, thats 1000 over wat it should be! lol
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Old 05-03-2005, 12:34 PM
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Re: Jem555 vs. Jem7VWH - Which is better?


I'm willing to work. All the Jems I played were either an FP or a 7. So I'm pretty set on the 7vwh. I want it to be as good if not better than I remembered. I should be able to get the cash together. I'll need a full time job but I know it'll be worth it. I've figured out I could probably get the guitar and mods for under 2500. So some slight relief there. I'm not gonna go fo the sustainer though.
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Old 05-03-2005, 06:29 PM
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Re: Jem555 vs. Jem7VWH - Which is better?


Im going with the 7VWH which I first picked up and played in a music store 6 years ago and loved it.
It's definately a nice guitar however, The first Jem I ever played was a 77FP back in 1991.
I have always liked the Floral the best since then.
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Old 07-18-2005, 05:49 AM
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Re: Jem555 vs. Jem7VWH - Which is better?


I currently have a white 555, which is my main guitar. I've been blessed with a really nice copy. The neck is near perfect, it stays in tune very well, and feels and sounds great.

I am considering buying another main guitar, though. For two main reasons:

1. Although the TRS trem isn't as bad as is generally claimed in my view, one thing is christal clear: the feel is a lot stiffer, thus making it a lot harder to use it with any kind of harmonic discretion. Playing those Vai / trem runs is just very hard. Compared to the chunky feel of a TRS, the Edge feels velvetty .. a lot smoother, more controlled.

2. Although the wood of my neck is immaculate for a 555-class guitar, the frets aren't. Instead of jumbo frets, the 555 neck is fitted with mediums. These kinda play easier than jumbo frets but have a less decisive, precise feel .. and jumbos tend to sustain a bit longer (at least that's what they feel like to me). Right now I'm at a point where I don't really want to compromize anymore - I want my technique to develop well. Jumbos are a tad harder to play on, but they're well worth it imo

I'm hunting for a 7DBK now, but unfortunately they've been discontinued, so finding one will be a challenge. A 7vwh, a very fine instrument of course, doesn't really appeal to me since I'd feel I'd be playing Vai's guitar as opposed to my own.
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Old 12-29-2005, 01:00 AM
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Re: Jem555 vs. Jem7VWH - Which is better?


Sometimes reading all this is a little discouraging for someone with a 555. I have a JEM 555 which I'm really happy with, but after hearing all about this it just gets me thinking. I have played a JEM 7 and its the neck and its ease that really make the difference, but I don't think I can get it right now.

I'm not sure what I should do? Should I get a JEM 7 neck fitted in? The thing is I can't buy a new guitar not just because of the money, but also because I made a decision to get a JEM 555 and I have to respect that and the guitar, which to play makes me almost as happy as playing a JEM 7, maybe I have a really great JEM 555. Can someone help me?

The JEM 7 is great. If you can afford it, and you're ready for it, then get it. Also remember, starting out on the best guitar is great, but is it whats great for a guitarist? Steve Vai didn't start out on a JEM, he started out on his gutiar which wasn't the best, as the JEM 7 would be now. Its perhaps better to develop technique and playing and to be able to do it on not the best guitar, isn't it?

I know this isn't relevant to this but can someone help me? And to address this question, if you're ready for it, get a JEM 7. It'll be a better decision.
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Old 12-29-2005, 01:03 AM
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Re: Jem555 vs. Jem7VWH - Which is better?


Let's just say, JEM7VWH.
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Old 12-29-2005, 01:04 AM
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Re: Jem555 vs. Jem7VWH - Which is better?


7VWH plain & simple
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Old 12-29-2005, 02:45 PM
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Re: Jem555 vs. Jem7VWH - Which is better?


I don't really understand this thread, lol. It does basically come down to finances IMO. If you have the money, the vwh is certainly a much better guitar, there is no doubt about it.

On the other side, I do think that if you're just getting started for the price of a 7vwh you could get the 555 + an amp + straps + strings + picks + tab books and whatever ... and enjoy many years of fun ! The new (EPII) trem on the 555 isn't that bad, and certainly enough for the use of a beginner or someone with moderate trem usage.

It just basically comes down to what has been overdiscussed on jemsite (do we need more of this discussion ?) : 555 or high-end RG ... Well, if you want the best value playing guitar, get a RG and upgrade with real DMs, but if you want that Vaisih look (monkey grip, vine ....) well the 555 is as close as you get in that price range.

On a final note, I started on a JS100 upgraded with SDs and really had years and years of joyful playing, before I felt the need (and had the money) to upgrade to higher priced JEMs ... so a 555 might be just fine for years of happiness. But I do agree : go out and test play the 'one' you are buying ;-)
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Old 10-29-2006, 07:33 AM
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Re: Jem555 vs. Jem7VWH - Which is better?


never played on a 555 but havent played anything better than my 937vwh yet.
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Old 10-29-2006, 07:39 AM
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Re: Jem555 vs. Jem7VWH - Which is better?


Back to comparisons, I think its like comparing a MacDonalds BigMac (555) to a Burger King Whoppa (Vwh)
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Old 10-29-2006, 07:11 PM
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Re: Jem555 vs. Jem7VWH - Which is better?


7VWH ALL THE WAY!!
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Old 10-29-2006, 07:49 PM
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Re: Jem555 vs. Jem7VWH - Which is better?


Jem7VWH all the way, I want to get one and strip the paint all the way to the wood, that's my plan.
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